A man has spoken out about his experience of coronavirus and revealed how his body reacted to the killer bug.
On March 4, Justin, 39, fell ill after suffering from a headache and having trouble breathing. He then nearly passed out "for no apparent reason."
The type1 diabetic eventually took himself to A&E as symptoms worsened, the Irish Mirror reports.
On Twitter, he wrote: "By that point it hurt to breath. They treated me for flu, gave me Tamiflu, an inhaler and sent me home. They said if I felt worse to come back, so I went back.
"Today it hurts to breath so much. Walking to the bathroom is like running a marathon.
"Don't think chest pain like a heart attack or flu – this isn't the flu. We all pretty much know the flu.
"Think deeper, think lung pain. It's hard to visualise but think when you breath cold air and that "pain" before your lungs warm back up, Kinda like that I guess.
"The inhaler makes my lungs hurt WORSE! With the inhaler, think of you cut yourself and applied alcohol to the wound. It’s kinda like that. Applying medicine to a wound.
"This is no flu. The flu is it’s own thing. This feels SO much different than a flu."
He explained that he is now on lockdown with his family since being allowed to return home.
He said: "I’m home and 'quarantining' with my family.
"If I feel worse I need to go back. So far my vitals are great. Oxygen is 100% but the next few days can really kick my a**.
"If I drop bellow 90% I get oxygen, 85% I get intubated, and at that point it becomes scary."
Justin is encouraging people to stay at home and avoid the risk of spreading the potentially deadly virus.
More than 200,000 people have been affected worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.
The UK death toll has risen to 104, with 2,626 confirmed cases.
The youngest victim has been named as 45-year-old Craig Ruston, while yesterday, a nine-month-old baby boy became the youngest person to contract the virus in the UK.
Brits being asked to self-isolate in family clusters if anyone in a household displays symptoms.
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